|Take several pads of fresh, sweet-smelling hay and place them inside the haynet.
||Pull up the drawstring to close the mouth of the net and trap the hay inside it.
||Haynets can be heavy, so throwing it over your shoulder is a good way to lug it around the farm.|
A haynet is a handy thing to have if you have a horse. You can take a haynet full of tasty hay to a show, so your horse has something to nibble on in the trailer and in between classes.
If your horse tramples on hay on the ground in his stall, you can put it in a haynet and hang it on the wall and he’ll waste less hay.
If your horse has a dust allergy, you can soak a haynet full of hay in water and then give it to him. Soaking hay cuts down on dust spores that can make your horse cough and wheeze.
Haynets are made of rope or nylon, and you can buy them at a tack shop. Here’s how you use one.
|Thread the haynet tie-string through the baling twine loop and then loop the end through the very bottom hole of the haynet. As you pull up the tie string, the bottom of the haynet should lift up towards the ring.
||Loop the tie-string through the net again, an dsecure it with a quick-release knot.
||If you've teid up the net correctly, you should be able to yank the end of the tie-string and undo the quick-release know instantly.|
If you’re hanging a haynet on a ring in your horse’s stable or on a fence, it’s a good idea to tie a piece of baling twine to the ring and then tie the haynet to the twine.
Why? If your horse gets caught up in the net, and pulls back, the twine will break and the haynet will fall to the ground and the ring won’t fly out of the wall.
A haynet ring should be up high enough so your horse can’t get a foot caught in it, but low enough so he doesn’t have to stick his head and neck up high to reach it.
Thanks to Caroline Kemp of Richmond, VT, for being our fab model!